By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Pets | Issue: June 2008
The staff at Indian Springs Animal Hospital welcomes you and your pets. (L to R): Ann Huglin, Tammy Boone, Dr. Mika Ford and Jessica Clayton.
Indian Springs Animal Hospital, formerly Indian Springs Vet Hospital, has made some changes recently, including a new name and a new owner. Dr. Edward Richardson owned the veterinary clinic for 18 years prior to his retirement in March. Dr. Mika Ford became the new owner on March 6. Dr. Ford’s staff includes receptionist and office assistant Ann Huglin and veterinary assistants Tammy Boone and Jessica Clayton.
Earning his degree in veterinary medicine from Oklahoma State University, native Oklahoman Dr. Ford specializes in small animals. He has previously practiced in Florida and in Collinsville at the Eastside Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Ford makes a special effort to treat canine and feline patients like family members, with a focus on providing the best quality care possible for each animal.
Much discussion has occurred in recent years about the necessity of annual vaccinations, and Dr. Ford is a strong proponent of them. Annual examinations allow the doctor to check for abnormalities in the patient’s heart, lungs and stomach, assess the health of gums and teeth, carefully examine eyes and ears, and look for parasites and other skin disorders. If anything suspicious is found, Dr. Ford will determine the cause and treatment by asking the owner questions about the animal’s behavior.
A yearly checkup also helps in maintaining your pet’s ideal weight. If dietary changes or an exercise program is recommended, this is a great time to be certain you fully understand what responsibilities are expected of you as the owner.
Both patient and owner seem pleased as Dr. Mika Ford of Indian Springs Animal Hospital concludes Buddy’s yearly checkup.
Geriatric care is another aspect of pet health Dr. Ford emphasizes. His aim is to extend your pet’s life and make the last few years more enjoyable for everyone involved. With modern medications and diet changes, pets are able to live longer, healthier and happier lives.
Dr. Ford offers emergency and corrective surgery for dogs and cats, spaying and neutering services, wellness examinations, and dental examinations and treatments. The hospital has its own onsite laboratory for performing blood work, allowing quick test results.
Indian Springs Animal Hospital is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It is open for extended hours on Thursdays – 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. – giving patrons the opportunity to take pets to the hospital on the way to work and pick them up that evening.
If you’re looking for a caring veterinarian with a great bedside manner for your pets, consider Dr. Ford at Indian Springs Animal Hospital in Broken Arrow.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.